“The Canadian Nurses Foundation thanks nurses across Canada – nurses who are going above and beyond the call of duty every day. Our nurse heroes are risking their own health and their own lives on the front lines of a war we must win. A battle that together – we will win! A very special thank you to our Covid-19 Fund for Nurses Founding Sponsor, the TYLENOL® brand, Founding Donor, Johnson & Johnson, and all community partners who have recognized the important and critical role nurses are playing for all of us.”
Sponsors of the 43rd Parliament Welcome Reception and Kit
Nurses are leaders in public health and patient safety, especially during these unprecedented times. The Canadian Nurses Foundation is investing in nursing excellence for better patient care. They support world-class Canadian health care by raising funds to advance nursing knowledge and research, and by recognizing professional merit in Canada’s nurses. With your help, CNF is continuing to invest in nurses during these unprecedented times – TODAY and for TOMORROW.
Innovative Medicines Canada is the national voice of Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical industry. We advocate for policies that enable the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative medicines and vaccines that improve the lives of all Canadians. We support our members’ commitment to being valued partners in the Canadian healthcare system.
“The member companies of Innovative Medicines Canada have a strong history of success in discovering, developing and delivering medicines and vaccines that Canadians need to live healthy and productive lives. We have, over time and as a country, prioritized innovative health research within the health care system, with the effect of creating an environment that allows our best and brightest to do their complex and important work. We want to work with all levels of government will continue to support life sciences research in Canada through effective and thoughtful public policy. This includes developing policies and programs that ensure Canadians have access to new medicines, when they need them.”
Pamela Fralick, President, Innovative Medicines Canada
STEMCELL Technologies is Canada’s largest biotechnology company. We offer more than 2,500 specialized products supporting global research on regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, gene therapy, immunotherapy and advanced therapies for cancer and other diseases. Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we are Scientists Helping Scientists.
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“Canadian breakthroughs have been changing the world for decades. With careful management, Canada will continue to be a leader in fostering innovation, research and development. Companies like ours thrive in partnership with forward-thinking governments who invest in new technologies. Together we create well-paying, knowledge-based jobs that are leading to discoveries in the new fields of cell therapy and regenerative medicine.”
Allen Eaves, MD, PhD, President and CEO, STEMCELL Technologies
Improving access to health care and social services, and facilitating collaboration between teams from various institutions is what being an integrated university health and social services centre (IUHSSC) is all about.
The Montreal West Island IUHSSC serves a very diverse clientele. In order to do so, we work with more than 800 community, regional, supraregional, and federal partners such as municipalities, community organizations, the education sector, and many more. These partners are critical for improving access to care and services provided to the public.
The Montreal West Island IUHSSC includes two designated university facilities: Douglas Mental Health University Institute and St. Mary’s Hospital Center. It also includes two research facilities: Douglas Hospital Research Centre (accredited by the Fond de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) and ranked second in Canada among top-performing centres in its area of expertise) and St. Mary’s Research Centre.
The Montreal West Island IUHSSC is also a member of McGill University’s Réseau Universitaire Intégré de Santé et Services Sociaux (RUISSS McGill), offering several specialized and highly specialized services within covered regions, including Outaouais, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the Montérégie, Nord-du-Québec, Nunavik, and the Cree Territory of James Bay.
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Proud to serve Canadian healthcare for over 50 years, Medtronic Canada ULC is a subsidiary of Medtronic plc, one of the world’s largest medical technology, services, and solutions companies — alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world. Serving physicians, hospitals, and patients across the country, Medtronic Canada ULC is headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, with regional offices in Montreal and Vancouver, and a Medtronic Resource Centre in Surrey, BC. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take healthcare Further, Together.
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One of the top universities in Canada, Queen’s University has a long history of discovery and innovation that has shaped our knowledge and helped to address some of the world’s deepest mysteries and most pressing questions, including issues of environmental protection, health care, and the development of advanced technologies.
For more than 175 years, Queen’s has brought together and built synergies among leading researchers, scholars and innovators making a real and measured impact.
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The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University is one of Canada’s preeminent medical and dental schools. Established in 1881, it was one of the founding schools of Western University and is known for being the birthplace of family medicine in Canada. For more than 130 years, the School has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and a passion for scientific discovery.
Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community.
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Tomorrow’s health is here. The Stem Cell Network (SCN) is a national non-profit that supports stem cell and regenerative medicine research, training the next generation of highly qualified personnel, and delivering outreach activities across Canada. SCN’s goal is to advance science from the lab to the clinic for the benefit of Canadians. SCN has been supported by the Government of Canada since inception in 2001. This strategic funding, valued at $118M has benefitted approximately 170 world-class research groups and 3,000 trainees and has catalyzed 19 clinical trials. stemcellnetwork.ca.
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Substance use touches all sectors of society. It is an issue of such scope and complexity that no single organization or sector can address it alone. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) initiates collaborative work to address alcohol- and drug-related harms.
We provide guidance and information to decision makers through research, curating knowledge and bringing together diverse perspectives. Our goal is to reduce the harms associated with alcohol and other drugs to individuals, families and communities across Canada.
The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF) is Canada’s trusted resource on digestive health and disease. As the charitable foundation of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, we are committed to providing credible, useful information and research to help Canadians better manage digestive conditions and live healthier lives. Canadians are taking charge of their digestive health–taking the time to research, challenge, and try new alternatives to achieve better digestive wellness. As new treatment options become available, people are confronted with a multitude of conflicting messages. As a trusted resource, CDHF empowers Canadians to manage their digestive health with confidence and optimism.
Canadian Nurses Association is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing, representing nurses in all 13 jurisdictions, as well as, retired nurses from across Canada. We advance the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system. CNA speaks for Canadian nursing to organizations and to governments, nationally and internationally. Giving nurses a strong national association through which they can support each other and speak with one voice.
Carleton University is a dynamic research-intensive institution with an integrated international approach to research that has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and engineering, business, public policy and the arts. Home to over 900 award-winning researchers, Carleton is uniquely committed to discovery, knowledge, and understanding of the world around us.
With sponsored research funding of over $70.3 million in 2017-18, our researchers work in many important areas including health and wellness research. Key areas of investigation include accessibility, aging, cognition, biomedical engineering, accessibility and diseases such as Parkinson’s and diabetes.
Founded in 2000, the Health Charities Coalition of Canada is a member-based organized of national health charities and patient groups dedicated to advocating for improved health policy and promoting the highest quality health research. Our members provide leadership on major health issues of concern to Canadians and we work together to bring about sustainable change in improving the health and well-being of Canadians.
Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. We are the only University in Northwestern Ontario and serve a geographical catchment area the size of France which includes almost 80% of the First Nations Communities in Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties and is the smallest university in Canada with both a Law School and Medical School. In 2019, Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, once again, included Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, while Research Infosource named Lakehead ‘Research University of the Year’ in its category for the fifth consecutive year. Learn more about Lakehead here.
Ovarian Cancer Canada’s vision is to see women with ovarian cancer, and all women at risk of the disease, live fuller, better, longer lives. We champion the health and wellbeing of women with ovarian cancer and others at risk of this disease while advancing research to save lives.
Following years of dedicated and collective advocacy efforts by Ovarian Cancer Canada, women living with the disease, and other advocates across the country, the Government of Canada announced a first-ever commitment of $10 million to fund ovarian cancer research in 2019.
Having secured that investment of $10 million over a five-year period, Ovarian Cancer Canada is now leading a new, Pan-Canadian research initiative, called OvCan, to improve the outcomes of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Parkinson Canada is a national registered charity and is accredited by Imagine Canada. Operating since 1965, the organization provides services and education to people living with Parkinson’s disease and healthcare professionals who treat them. It advocates with governments on issues that concern the Parkinson’s community, and participates in numerous coalitions and partnerships to fulfil its mission.
The Parkinson Canada National Research Program funds research for better treatments and a cure. It is a founding partner of the Canadian Open Parkinson Network. C-OPN, through a shared databank and biorepository, will increase collaboration across institutions and scientists to accelerate discoveries.
Pediatric Chairs of Canada is the national network of academic leaders in pediatric medicine strengthening the future of pediatrics and improving the health outcomes of all children, by working together to advance evidence-based care, education and research. For more information, please visit www.pediatricchairs.ca.
The Conference Board of Canada is Canada’s largest independent applied research organization. We equip today’s leaders and decision-makers with the information, connections, and events they need to solve Canada’s toughest challenges. We are home to trusted economists, respected researchers, and business professionals. We’ve built our reputation on 65 years of work that’s evidence-based, independent, and non-partisan. We stand at the intersection of research, policy, and business – where insights meet impact.
The Rotman Research Institute (RRI) at Baycrest is a premier international centre for the study of human brain function. Established in 1989, research programs at the RRI focus on memory and brain function, both in normal aging and in the presence of diseases and conditions that affect the brain, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada. The Federation organizes Canada’s largest academic gathering, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together more than 8,000 participants each year. For more information about the Federation, visit www.ideas-idees.ca.
Medtech Canada is the national association representing the medical technology industry in Canada. Our association advocates for achieving patient access to leading edge, innovative technology solutions that provide valuable outcomes. Our members are committed to providing safe and innovative medical technologies that enhance the quality of patient care, improve patient access to health care, and help enable the sustainability of our health care system. The medical technology industry in Canada employs over 35,000 Canadians in approximately 1,500 facilities across the country.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) leads the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians. Through its unique mandate from the Government of Canada, the MHCC supports federal, provincial, and territorial governments as well as organizations in the implementation of sound public policy.
Mood Disorders Society of Canada is one of Canada’s best-connected mental health NGOs with a record of forging meaningful partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors. MDSC represents persons impacted by mental illness and their families/ caregivers who are dealing with depression, bipolar illness, PTSD and other mood disorders.
Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) is a coalition of organizations that represent people affected by brain diseases, disorders and injuries in Canada. With a research to action focus, NHCC provides leadership in advancing new opportunities for collaboration in advocacy, education, research and innovation related to brain/neurological health. More details: www.mybrainmatters.ca.
One of Ontario’s leading postsecondary institutions, Sheridan College is proud to be a leader in innovation, creativity and applied learning. Research at Sheridan is focused on creating unique opportunities to work directly with our industry and community partners to address real-world challenges. Our research spans many areas of health and wellness, including a focus on aging at our Centre for Elder Research and on mHealth at our Centre for Mobile Innovation.
The University of Calgary is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research universities, offering high-quality educational experiences for students and research that addresses society’s most persistent challenges. Our creation and transfer of knowledge contributes every day to our country’s global competitive advantage and makes the world a better place.
WE-SPARK Health Institute is a collaboration between the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, Windsor Regional Hospital, and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare that brings resources and expertise together to enable health research excellence and address unique healthcare challenges. WE-SPARK raises the bar for innovation, training, and healthcare in our community.